Local News

All that’s new for 2019 in weed control

For some, the 2018 crop year is a recent memory. However, spring will soon sneak up on us, and now is a good time to evaluate your 2019 herbicide program. The past few years brought consolidation in the industry: Bayer acquired Monsanto, spinning off the Liberty Link trait to BASF; Dow and ...

PSU exhibits include home gardening, careers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Those seeking information about the invasive spotted lanternfly, home gardening, food and health, agricultural majors and careers, or 4-H opportunities, can find it by visiting Penn State exhibits at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. A large exhibit will be staffed by the ...

Area counties report jobs, business investment in 2018

Local economic development officials say 2018 was a good year, and they hope good things will continue in 2019. Following is a regional rundown: Blair County Last year was another very strong year for Blair County. “The number of projects and overall investment remained robust throughout ...

Resolutions require realistic commitment

Whether it is to save money, lose weight or quit smoking, many people “resolve” to change as the calendar flips to a new year. Often, it is easier said than accomplished. To increase chances for success, Heather Aardema, a national board-certified health and wellness coach based in ...

Commissioners approve new wage for nonunion workers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Wages for Blair County’s nonunion employees has been set at minimum of $10 per hour, according to a decision made late last week by the Blair County Salary Board. The new minimum wage, raised from $7.25, will also apply to the county’s part-time workers, the board also ...

Mother, man claim wrongful arrest

A man arrested by Altoona police on Friday for allegedly being at a drug deal in Tyrone when he was in jail is obtaining a lawyer with the intention of suing Altoona police. “We are pursuing a civil case,” said Debra Weston, mother of 31-year-old Kevin Soellner Jr., who was charged by ...

Astronomical events set to dazzle

The new year will bring several notable astronomy events that will be visible for many across the United States, but Saint Francis University astronomer Lanika Ruzhitskaya of Hollidays­burg is most looking forward to NASA’s space probe’s approach of “the primordial building blocks” of ...

Solicitor ‘shined brightest’ during city’s darkest hour

It was an event more typical of those honoring a beloved retiring teacher or football coach than a retiring municipal solicitor. A couple of weeks ago, about 20 elected officials and staffers from Logan Township and Altoona gathered at the Olive Garden — along with two members of the law ...

Waiting game

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Xavier Grimble (left) and fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones watch the end of the Cleveland Browns game against the Baltimore Ravens on the scoreboard screen on Sunday at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Bengals in their game, 16-13, but didn’t get any help ...

Bedford woman faces drug charges

A Bedford woman faces more than 40 drug-related charges for a wide array of drug paraphernalia found by state police at her residence on Monday. Kayla Dawn Miller, 29, 1964 Teaberry Road, is being charged with a felony count of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and 40 ...

I-99 crash spurs charges

From Mirror staff reports TYRONE — A Mifflin County woman faces char­ges after state police said she crashed through eight construction barriers on I-99. Morgan Schenker, 29, of Lewistown was arrested in Tyrone in the early morning hours of Nov. 3 after state police suspected she was ...

Revelers making safer choices

Local band Shallow 9 never fails to draw a crowd, but on New Year’s Eve the best places to play are club-hotels where partiers know they won’t risk crashing after the show ends, unless it’s on a pillow. For the past three New Year’s eves, Shallow 9 performed at the Altoona Grand ...

DC Shuffle

The ending of the Shuster family’s hold on the local congressional seat and the arrest of an Altoona man for the killing of his wife were among the top local stories of 2018. The Mirror’s news staff voted in mid-December on the top stories from a ballot that contained 34 prominent local ...

Defensive end turns tragedy to triumph

ORLANDO — It’s heartbreaking to hear of the tragedy Yetur Gross-Matos has endured in his young life, which makes it heartwarming to know the Penn State player has overcome such devastating adversity to put himself in position to triumph on the football field. During a family outing when ...

Hunters find human remains

From Mirror staff reports The discovery of human remains abut 8 a.m. Satur­day has spurred an investigation by state police. While details are few, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said Saturday that the investigation is ongoing and a forensic anthropology team from Mercyhurst University ...

Convicted felon accused of possessing weapon

From Mirror staff reports A convicted felon is be­hind bars after Altoona po­lice allegedly found a gun in the man’s car. Joseph F. Weakland Jr., 40, 4040 Fourth Ave., was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Altoona police after a .22-caliber rifle was found wrapped in a sweatshirt in the ...

Police reports

Hollidaysburg state police - Amber Lynn McFarland, 23, of Breeze­wood, charged with possession of marijuana at 8:50 p.m. Nov. 23 after a traffic stop. Huntingdon state police - An unknown person entered a home in Carbon Township, Huntingdon County, and removed eight firearms sometime ...

Police charge Coalport man with trespassing in city home

From Mirror staff reports A Coalport man is ac­cused of trespassing in an Altoona residence and resisting arrest by police on Wednesday. Rasham Robinson, 33, of no fixed address, is being charged with criminal trespass, escape, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness ...

Powersports business sold to Burgmeiers

The Burgmeier family has been a leader in the trash hauling business in Blair County for many years. Now the family is becoming a leader in the powersports industry. The Burgmeier family recently purchased Steve Seltzer Powersports in Pinecroft, as well as the building constructed by ...

Crash leads to DUI charge

From Mirror staff reports A Duncansville man who was found slumped over and behind wheel of his car after crashing in Tyrone has been charged. Brett E. Shaffer, 30, of 716 Foot of Ten, Duncansville, is slated to appear in Tyrone District Court on Jan. 15 to face DUI and related charges ...